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How to Find Your Dream Job and Be Happy

Our Founder Discovered Her Dream Job While Watching Dawson's Creek

POPSUGAR founder and President Lisa Sugar's new book Power Your Happy helps you combine your passions and talents for success. We're sharing more about Lisa and previewing topics from her new book in a series of posts on POPSUGAR.

In high school and college, I was a total night owl—but not because I was pulling all-nighters to study or staying out all night partying. I much preferred sacrificing sleep to watch late-night talk shows or see a double feature. Back then, I felt like I wasn't good at anything except knowing lots of useless information, like who was going to be in what new TV show or which designer worked at which fashion house. I was the friend everyone turned to when they wanted to know what a celebrity was wearing or doing. People would ask me for advice on beauty products, because I always had something new in my purse. And, of course, I killed it in that game celebrity—everyone wanted me on their team.

But trusted product recommender and professional celebrity-trivia-game player aren't really viable career options, right?

Turns out I was wrong.

I firmly believe that what you find yourself doing in your spare time is the passion you should pursue.

Don't decide what you want to do with your life; let your life tell you what your path is. That may sound flippant or too easy. And, frankly, it may take years to even figure out your path, much less get your dream job. The key is knowing how to find the clues.

When I look back on my college years, my early career, and even all the way back to my childhood, I realise there were clues all along the way telling me what to do with my life.

One night in 1997 , my boyfriend, Brian (now my husband), came home with a TV pilot he knew I would love. This new show was going to be the next Beverly Hills, 90210, he said. I was a junior in college and I'd never gotten early access to a TV pilot before! But college-dropout Brian had moved to New York to work as "the web guy" at J.Crew's corporate headquarters, and his new employer was dressing the show's cast.

We sat down to watch it that night, and I was not only glued to the screen, I was in tears by the final scene. Admittedly, I'm a sucker for good drama and often shed tears when the writing is intense and the music plays with my emotions. But this time it was different: I was emotional for a whole other reason. At that moment, I had an epiphany. I realised I wanted to work in entertainment. I thought "I want to do that!" I wanted to create content, to decide what would be on TV and when. I didn't know exactly what that job was, I just knew I wanted it.

The show was called Dawson's Creek, and I've been an avid fan of that cast, specifically Joshua Jackson, ever since. Basically, Dawson's Creek changed my life. Sometimes, the most random and unexpected triggers can lead to huge epiphanies, so if you find yourself getting super emotional about something, pay attention.

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